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Fordham Graduate School of Education Welcomes New Holmes Scholars


Fordham University Holmes Scholars is a program designed to support and empower students who are enthusiastic about pursuing a Ph.D. and who desire to pursue a career as faculty in higher education. The Holmes Scholars program offers an array of resources and opportunities for professional development, all aimed at preparing these students to excel in their academic and research pursuits, ultimately positioning 

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Marcela Chavez

them favorably for tenure-track faculty positions.  

The selection criteria primarily revolve around the students’ demonstrated commitment to becoming professors and researchers and exceptional academic performance within their respective doctoral programs. 

The scholarship committee faced a difficult challenge in selecting the awardees due to the stellar qualifications of all applicants.As difficult as it was, the committee recommended the top candidates and the dean made the final selection:

Marcela Chavez – First Year Doctoral Student in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy


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Anthony E. Easter

Anthony E. Easter –  First Year Doctoral Student in the Division of Psychological and Educational Services







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Chanel Francis

Chanel Francis – First Year Doctoral Student in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching


The Holmes Scholars is a network of doctoral students who are underrepresented in positions in universities and who are preparing for careers in higher education, K-12 education, or as policy advocates. Holmes Scholars will engage in comprehensive research and publishing opportunities with Fordham University faculty as well as in cross-university and community collaborations. Additionally, Holmes Scholars® nationwide collaborate on research and publishing affiliated with American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)



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